By Emily Luxen
VINCENT, AL (WBRC) - After more than a year of debate, the Vincent Town Council voted 5-1 to rezone land to make way for a controversial limestone quarry.
The decision came in front of a large crowd of supporters and opponents. Both sides had strong opinions on the vote.
"There's just not anything good about a rock quarry that will help the town," said opponent Charles Cantrell, "This is a crying shame."
"We are elated to say the least," said supporter Carter Elliott. "This community has been dying, and this is an opportunity to have a first class eco-friendly project coming here, that will serve hundreds of jobs."
Representatives from White Rock Quarries say they are anxious to move forward with plans to build the quarry.
"I'm pleased with the outcome," said president of White Rock Quarries, Jim Hurley. "It has been a long 15 months, but we are looking forward to being a part of Vincent for the next 100 years as part of our operation.
Mayor Ray McAllister said the long process has been tough on the town, and has divided residents, but he is hopeful now everyone can unite for the good of the city.
"We hope that things will settle down and people will realize we are working hard for the city and in the long run this will be a great benefit to the city," said Mayor McAllister.